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excel

ex·cel

excel

 
 
pronunciation:
ek sel
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part of speech: verb
inflections: excelled, excelling, excels
definition: to do or perform better than others.
The Brazilian national team excels at soccer.
similar words:
dominate, exceed, lead, shine, win
Word Parts
The word excel contains the following part:
ex- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away from
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The prefix ex- was a Latin preposition and prefix and occurs in English in Latin loanwords, such as exit and expel . It has multiple forms, as the 'x' sound in ex- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms e-, ef-, and es-. ex- is also used in the formation of English words such as "ex-partner," where it means "formerly having the status of."
synonyms:
extr-, extra-, exter-